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Cycle mechanic

Alternative titles for this job include Bike mechanic, bicycle technician

Cycle mechanics build, repair and service all kinds of bikes.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

42 to 44 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

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How to become

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How to become a cycle mechanic

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist private training courses


You'll find it useful to have a recognised qualification like the Level 2 Certificate in Cycle Maintenance.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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You could get into this job through a bicycle mechanic intermediate apprenticeship.

This usually takes around 18 months to complete as a mix of on the job learning and study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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You could start as a retail assistant in a bike shop and apply for a role as a trainee mechanic. Your employer may pay for your training.

Other Routes

You could study for technical cycle maintenance qualifications offered by Cytech.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • build a new bike to a customer's specification
  • identify problems with a bike
  • estimate the cost of repairs and give quotes
  • carry out a bike service and safety check
  • carry out repairs, maintenance tasks and replace parts
  • order bike parts and keep a log of stock
  • take bookings for repairs and process paperwork
  • liaise with suppliers and dealers
  • attend cycling events to provide repairs and technical support

Working environment

You could work in a workshop or at a store.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to a large organisation like British Cycling, who employ specialist mechanics working for the British racing team.

With 3 to 5 years' experience you could progress to head mechanic.

You could also become self-employed and set up a mobile bike mechanic business, or open your own shop.

The Cycling Experts have more information on setting up a bike shop.

As an experienced and qualified cycle mechanic you could also move into teaching other mechanics.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprenticeship in Bicycle Mechanics

  • Wage: £160.00 Weekly
  • Location: Evesham

Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Weston-Super-Mare

Courses In England

Vehicle Maintenance (Motor Cycle) Level 1 Diploma

  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Chichester

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